The first phase of the 2018 Unibet Premier League of Darts comes to an end with Judgement Night this week as two of our ten players will be relegated from the competition. We know that one of those will be Gerwyn Price with the second spot coming down to a desperate battle between Mensur Suljovic or fan favourite Peter Wright. This round of matches was originally cancelled earlier in the season due to the snowstorm and had to be rescheduled. That night we were set for our biggest bet of the season, and although form lines have changed since then, we’ve found quite a few good betting spots for this week’s games. So with that, let’s take a look at our Darts Premier League Judgement Night Betting Tips!
We kick off Judgement Night with Simon Whitlock taking on Gerwyn Price. It’s curtains for Price who is winless this season and can do nothing to avoid relegation. Motivation will be low and we see this as a great opportunity for Whitlock to get a strong win. It’s really important that Whitlock can carry his momentum into the second half of the season.
Michael Smith takes on Raymond van Barneveld and the bookies are struggling to separate them. Well, we were very keen on Smith a few weeks ago in this match and it’s unfortunate the event was cancelled that night. The situation is a little different now with Barney certainly regaining some form and some enthusiasm with a recent draw against Gary Anderson and big win against Peter Wright. However I still think this is Smith’s match to win. He is playing well enough, he just needs to stay clutch and take his chances.
The match of the night will be Rob Cross taking on Gary Anderson, and the loser will likely be left sitting outside the top four at the end of the night. Cross had a surprise loss last week against Daryl Gurney, but he still averaged over 100, so perhaps it was more a case of Gurney playing well than Cross playing poorly. Anderson hasn’t lost a match since his battle with MVG in Week 3, and at times has been brilliant, but consistency is still an issue. I lean to Anderson but find it really hard to split them. Instead, I’ll bank on the match going the distance.
Mensur Suljovic is battling to avoid relegation and he has the toughest task in the world trying to beat world number one Michael van Gerwen. Suljovic is one point behind Peter Wright so he must at least draw here to force Wright to need points in his match to stay alive. I just can’t see it happening. Suljovic has had some good moments this season, but has been inconsistent and will learn from the experience. As usual it’s hard to find any value in MVG matches so we’ll sit this one out.
The final match of the night is an interesting one with Daryl Gurney taking on Peter Wright. If Suljovic gets a point against MVG, then Wright will need at least a draw to stay alive in the Premier League. If however, Suljovic loses, then Wright will be able to breathe easy in this one, knowing that he’s avoided relegation. Either way, both players will see this as a winnable match to climb up the leaderboard.
Wright has been so hot and cold during the Premier League. He had some terrible matches when his shoulder troubled him, but he has shown some form in the European tournaments. Gurney took a while to win his first match but now has a couple of wins in a row to give him some confidence. In reality, Gurney should’ve won a couple more matches earlier in the season, and has only been defeated twice, so he hasn’t done a lot wrong. I think his price here is great to win, but will play in the “Draw No Bet” market to give us the safety net of a draw. I also think that Gurney to score the most 180s is a fantastic bet. Gurney has been smashing the 180s with a massive 9 last week and 37 for the season compared to Wright’s 17. Bet of the night.
Simon Whitlock -2.5 games vs Gerwyn Price - $2.00 at Unibet
Michael Smith to win vs Raymond van Barneveld - $2.56 at CrownBet
Gary Anderson vs Rob Cross over 11.5 legs - $2.10 at Sportsbet
Daryl Gurney to win (Draw No Bet) vs Peter Wright - $2.25 at Sportsbet
Daryl Gurney most 180s vs Peter Wright - $1.85 at CrownBet (BEST BET)
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